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Police apologise after mistaking restaurant for nightlife venue and ordering it to shut, Singapore News


The police have apologised to a restaurant proprietor after ordering the Duxton Road eatery to shut on July 16.

In a letter printed on The Straits Times’ discussion board on Thursday (July 22), the police stated: “Our officers had wrongly advised Mr Goh to cease his restaurant’s operations on the night of July 16.”

They had mistaken Goh’s restaurant Marcy’s for a nightlife venue that pivoted to serving meals and beverage.

Authorities ordered such institutions to droop operations from July 16 to July 30 as Singapore noticed a current surge in neighborhood Covid-19 instances and a cluster linked to KTV lounges.

Apologising for the restaurant proprietor’s disagreeable expertise and anxiousness, the police stated they’ve met Goh who has accepted their rationalization. 

Thanking him for the suggestions, the police added that they are going to tighten their processes.

This follows Goh’s personal letter on the identical discussion board on July 20, the place he stated law enforcement officials visited his restaurant and instructed him to shut it by 10pm on July 16.

“I did not close my restaurant that Friday night because it was clear that the actions were a result of incorrect information,” the restaurant proprietor wrote.

However, the police returned and shut down the eatery that night time.

Goh and his workers had to “endure an anxiety-ridden 24 hours” earlier than they obtained a name from the police on July 17 night time, allowing the restaurant to proceed operations.

“It has been blow after blow for the food and beverage industry in Singapore, and while I understand that many of the measures taken are necessary, the situation could have been handled better,” he wrote.

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